Bayern Munich striker, Robert Lewandowski, has confirmed that he wants to leave the club this summer amid interest from Barcelona.
Lewandowski said his era at Bayern Munich is over, adding that the Bundesliga champions will not keep him at the club beyond this summer.
The future of Lewandowksi has been dominating the headlines of late.
The Poland international will enter the final year of his contract with Bayern Munich next month and has confirmed that he does not wish to sign an extension as he is keen on leaving the club and testing himself elsewhere.
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“My era at Bayern is over. I don’t see any possibility to continue playing for this club anymore,” Lewandowski was quoted by Fabrizio Romano as saying.
“Bayern’s a serious club and I believe they won’t keep me, I don’t want to play there anymore. A transfer is the best solution. I hope they don’t stop me.”
Lewandowski’s father gave him the name Robert to make it easier for him when moving abroad as a professional footballer. Lewandowski’s father, Krzysztof (died in 2005), was a Polish judo champion, and also played football for Hutnik Warsaw in the second division. His mother, Iwona, is a former volleyball player for AZS Warsaw and later vice-president of Partyzant Leszno. His sister, Milena, also plays volleyball and has represented the U21 national team.
His wife, Anna Lewandowska, won the bronze medal at the 2009 Karate World Cup. They married on 22 June 2013 in the Church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Serock. They have two daughters: Klara (born May 2017) and Laura (born May 2020).
Lewandowski is a practising Catholic. He met Pope Francis in October 2014, when Bayern Munich visited Vatican City following a 7–1 win over A.S. Roma in the UEFA Champions League.
In October 2017, the day after scoring to help Poland qualify for the 2018 World Cup, Lewandowski finished Bachelor of Physical Education (BPhEd) with coaching and management at the Academy of Sport Education in Warsaw, concluding a decade of studies.
In addition to his native Polish, Lewandowski also speaks English and German.
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